Things to Do in Fort Wayne and Beyond

News from Civic, Arena, Presbyterian theaters


Jen Poiry Prough

Whatzup Features Writer

Published June 23, 2021

The Fort Wayne Civic Theatre presented the 2020-21 Anthony Awards on June 13. The annual awards are presented by the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre to honor the best performances of their previous season. 

The winners include Lifetime Achievement Award, Sharon Zych; Excellence in Technical Theatre, Tala Munsterman and Marilyn Petersen; Outstanding Dance Performance, Anya Smead (Annie) and Jagger Surface (Legally Blonde); Outstanding Juvenile Performance, Avery Garrett (Annie); Ensemble, Becky Niccum (1776) and Michael Butler (Legally Blonde); Supporting, Heather Closson and Tony Didier (Annie); Leading, Capri Parrish Williams and Thom Greving (Legally Blonde).

Arena Dinner Theatre

Arena Dinner Theatre announced its 2021-22 season:

The Haunting of Hill House, directed by Becky Niccum, Oct. 15-30, with auditions Aug. 22-23 for three men and four women.

Dashing Through the Snow, directed by Reuben Albaugh, Dec. 3-18, with auditions Oct. 17-18 for two men and six women. 

Play On!, directed by Jordan Plohr, Jan. 21 to Feb. 5, 2022, with auditions Nov. 21-22 for three men and seven women. 

Clue, directed by Christopher J. Murphy, March 11-26, 2022, with auditions Jan. 9-10 for six men and five women. 

You Can’t Take It With You, directed by Adam Sahli, April 29 to May 14, 2022, with auditions March 13-14 for nine men for seven women. 

Bright Star, directed by Todd Frymier, music direction by Ben Wedler, June 10-25, 2022, with auditions April 10-11 for six men, four women, and ensemble.

First Presbyterian Theater

First Presbyterian Theater has announced its 2021-22 season. Dates will be announced soon for God’s Favorite by Neil Simon, The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe, Bad Seed by Maxwell Anderson, and Sylvia by A.R. Gurney.

Aromatherapy Sensory Tours

After a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Annie Oakley Perfumery in Ligonier is re-opening its doors to an Aromatherapy Festival of Sensory Tours this month. 

Throughout June, public tours will take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Annie Oakley Perfumery Studio, 300 Johnson St., Ligonier. 

Private group tours can also be scheduled with the studio at your convenience by contacting owner Renee Gabet at (260) 894-2016 or renee@annieoakley.com.

Memorial Coliseum Director to Retire

Randy L. Brown announced his intention to retire, effective Oct. 1, after 33 years of leadership at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne.

“My goal has always been to leave it better than I found it,” Brown said. “Today, it is a state-of-the-art multi-purpose complex of over 1 million square feet that is recognized throughout the country as one of the most successful venues of its type in the country.

“We have an exceptional staff and board of trustees. I cannot thank them enough for their tireless work on behalf of our clients and guests.”

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